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The College of Engineering at the University of Georgiais seeking to grow and diversify its programs through investments in faculty with expertise in advanced signal processing and artificial intelligence as it applies to the research and scholarship in Cyber-Physical Systems, including but not limited to power and health systems.The College invites applications for multiple open rank, 9-month tenured or tenure-track faculty positions in Advanced Signal Processing and Artificial Intelligence in Cyber-Physical Systems at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor rank.These positions seek to identify highly qualified candidates with expertise at the intersection of data science and artificial intelligence with Cyber-Physical Systems and Security, in particular IoT, power and control systems, healthcare systems, zero-trust and web 3.0. We particularly look for strong candidates with fundamental and applied research on these two areas: (a) Advanced Signal Processing, (b) Explainable Deep Learning with Domain Generalization. This position will be centered in the College of Engineering’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)and will be supervised by the School Chair.
These positions will start on August 1, 2023, and are academic-year appointments (9 months) with an opportunity to supplement salary during the summer.This is multi-year effort at the College level; school appointments will be made based on area of expertise in consultation with the appropriate School Chair and Dean. The new faculty members are expected to develop a vigorous, high-impact, externally funded research program; work closely with other members of the cluster hire and existing faculty; effectively mentor graduate students and postdoctoral scientists; effectively support our teaching mission at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment within the university.
This is part of a major, campus-wide Presidential hiring initiative in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence that aims to recruit 50 faculty members who will educate students and advance research in data science and AI over the next two years. Rather than being housed exclusively in a single department, however, the majority of UGA’s newly recruited faculty will focus on the fusion of data science and AI in cross-cutting areas such as infectious diseases, integrative precision agriculture, ethics, cybersecurity, resilient communities and the environment.
The College of Engineering already has significant expertise in the areas of Cyber-Physical Systems, Embedded Systems, Internet-of-Things, Machine and Deep Learning Applications. Examples are the interdisciplinary team of researchers and educators in the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering and colleagues affiliated with the recently established Center for Cyber-Physical Systems, as well as with other departments and institutes within and outside the College of Engineering. The College of Engineering creates an ideal environment for candidates looking to explore security and resilience issues in Embedded Systems, IoT and CPS, which include but are not limited to AI-based decision making, robotics, smart grids, access control and cybersecurity, smart infrastructure and agriculture, medical/health data analytics and infection diseases dynamic monitoring and prediction. The UGA College of Engineering will utilize this initiative to demonstrate our commitment to diversifying our faculty and ensuring that we maintain and grow the culture of equity and inclusivity present in our College. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the University and the College of Engineering’s Strategic Plan, and this hiring initiative will make use of the best practices to ensure an inclusive search process. The Diversity and Inclusion Plan for the College of Engineering identifies priority areas for our investments and through the 2022-2023 academic year we are working to finalize a Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Plan. The College offers structured mentoring programs for all faculty that support professional development. Several programs exist to enhance the inclusiveness of our College, including a student-led Engineering Equity Council and facilitated dialogue that promotes discourse on topics in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Faculty hired as part of this initiative will join a rapidly-growing College of Engineering that combines interdisciplinary research and scholarship with excellent instruction and service. The UGA College of Engineering currently enrolls over 4,000 engineering majors and has over 125 full-time faculty across 15 degree programs. The College of Engineering is comprised for four interdisciplinary schools: The School of Environmental, Civil, Agricultural, and Mechanical Engineering, The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The School of Chemical, Materials, and Biomedical Engineering, and The School of Computing — an innovative joint program shared with Franklin College of Arts and Sciences which launched this year.Significant investments in infrastructure have resulted in an expansion of laboratory facilities for research and scholarship and new classrooms and instructional labs. The College of Engineering faculty will have space in two major capital projects on campus to create interdisciplinary research facilities. Our main instructional facility, Driftmier Engineering Center, has also undergone complete renovation to create flexible classrooms that enable a range of teaching modalities and the incorporation of interdisciplinary instructional labs. The common instructional facilities also foster diversity by allowing faculty, staff, and students to interact and collaborate in a single facility.